Getting ready for bed

Aim to carry out the same series of steps every night, about 30 minutes before your child goes to bed:

feetWarm bath

Have a warm relaxing bath lasting no longer than 10 minutes. A bath before bed should not be playtime as this could over stimulate your tired child, waking them up again. Go straight from the bathroom into the bedroom – do not go back into the living area, as you will lose the focus of the routine.

Lighting

Dim the lights in the bedroom ready for your return from the bath – this will help with the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

 

bookStorytime

Read 1 or 2 stories, have a cuddle and kiss goodnight and tuck them in with their favourite so toy so they are warm and cosy.

sleepTime alone

Now that they’re drowsy, leave the bedroom so that they learn to fall asleep independently. Your child should be asleep about 15 minutes later.

darkAfraid of the dark?

If your child is afraid of the dark, offer them the reassurance of a GoGlow light to have nearby when they need it. You could even play hide and seek, in the late afternoon, using GoGlow as a torch, so they realise there’s nothing to be afraid of.

readingReady for bed away from home

Sleepovers at Granny’s or with friends will be a new challenge without the cot. Sleeping away from home can be an anxious time for some young children. A ReadyBed with your child’s favourite character will offer the familiar smells and comfort of home, the safety of being low to the ground and the fun of camping out away from home, making for stress free sleepovers.

mandyA ReadyBed with your child’s favourite character will offer the familiar smells and comfort of home.